Faith Ringgold

“If one can anyone can, all you gotta do is try”

  • Name: Faith Ringgold
  • Born: October 8, 1930
  • From: Harlem, New York City 
  • Education: City College of New York
  • Occupation: Artist
  • Known For:
      • A fervent civil rights and gender equality activist
      • A silk painting with embroidery artist
      • Artist of “The American Collection” (1997) where she endeavors to rewrite African American art history, emphasizing the importance of family, roots, and artistic collaborations
  • Awards:
      • Medal of Honor for Fine Arts, National Arts Club, January 19, 2017
      • National Women’s History Project, Women’s Art: Women’s Vision  Air Gallery, March 28, 2008
      • Wisdom Award, national Visionary leadership Program – the intergenerational Summit on the State of Black America at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC  2007
      • Harlem Arts Alliance Golden Legacy Visual Arts Award, February 5, 2007
      • Teacher of the Year, NYC Teachers Association, October 28, 2006

Faith was born Faith Will Jones, the youngest of three children born to Andrew and Willi Jones, who raised their children during the Harlem Renaissance and exposed them to all of its cultural offerings. She began her painting career in the 1950s. Her early work is composed with flat figures and shapes. She later became famous for innovative quilted narrations that communicate her political beliefs. She was inspired by the writings of James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka, African art, Impressionism, and Cubism to create the works she made in the 1960s.


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